Rangers’ K’Andre Miller ends uneven night with go-ahead goal

Rangers’ K’Andre Miller ends uneven night with go-ahead goal

After biking the puck within the nook with the sport tied at three-all within the third interval, Okay’Andre Miller watched as Kaapo Kakko dished it out to Mika Zibanejad, who was masking for the defenseman on the high of the zone.

As Zibanejad wound as much as unleash a shot, Miller went to display screen Pyotr Kochetkov and ended up getting his stick on the puck to redirect it to the highest shelf on Carolina’s goalie.

Miller’s aim was certainly one of three that the Rangers scored within the ultimate 20 minutes of their eventual 5-3 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday evening at Madison Sq. Backyard.

The sport-winning aim capped a combined bag of an evening for Miller, who — alongside along with his defensive companion Jacob Trouba — was additionally on the ice for all three of the Hurricanes’ objectives.

Mika Zibanejad (proper) congratulates Okay’Andre Miller on his go-ahead aim within the Rangers’ 5-3 win over the Hurricanes.Getty Photographs

“Clearly, you by no means need to go right into a interval minus-three, however that’s hockey, that occurs generally,” Miller mentioned after the win, which improved the Rangers to 21-12-6 on the season. “I feel having a brief reminiscence and making an attempt to place it prior to now and search for good performs and being dependable once more.”

The 22-year-old Miller, who was a ahead in his earlier taking part in days, admitted it was bizarre to be the participant tipping the puck in as a substitute of his normal function of sending it into site visitors. However, the aim was Miller’s third of the season, all of which have come within the final 13 video games.

“It was a giant aim,” head coach Gerard Gallant mentioned. “They have been in all probability not too pleased with being on for 3 objectives, however I’m not blaming them for the three objectives, it’s a five-man unit on the market. They have been unlucky conditions the place the puck went in our web. It was an enormous aim for Okay’Andre. I assumed he made a few nice offensive performs and performed a very good stable sport once more.”

With three objectives within the third interval Tuesday evening, the Rangers have now totaled 52 within the ultimate 20 minutes this season, which is the third-most within the NHL.

Igor Shesterkin earned the beginning nod, marking his twenty ninth begin of the Rangers’ 39 video games this season. After stopping 20 of the 23 photographs he confronted to choose up his 18th win of the season, the Russian netminder is now tied with the Golden Knights’ Logan Thomas and the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck for the second-most within the NHL behind solely the Bruins’ Linus Ullmark’s 21.

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